Archive for June 2011

Harpalus   Leave a comment


A pan of Harpalus looking South.

Looking north.

Looking south

Over Harpalus.  A 3D surface painted with a NASA WAC image of the same region.  The WAC image is about 600 pixels, and ended up too soft to shoot inside the crater.  The NAC camera has captured images at 4 pixels per meter, but it is not yet continuous.  At that resolution, the crater would be 156,000 pixels across:  Here it is 400 pixels.



Posted June 22, 2011 by finkh in Uncategorized

Malapert and Shackleton   1 comment

An 80 meter per pixel image of the South Pole region of the Moon.  From a 20 meter original supplied by the LRO/LOLA science team.  Click for full size.  The kandor artifacts (see Aepinus) throw long shadows.

Posted June 20, 2011 by finkh in Uncategorized

Shackleton Landings   Leave a comment

The floor of Shackleton Crater is in permanent darkness.  I hung a light down near the bottom and settled in for a landing.  Two passes, one “North” and one “East”  directions being tricky at the South Pole.  The dark gray field is less than the minimum of permanent darkness.  20 meter per pixel data courtesy of the NASA LRO/LOLA science team.

Posted June 18, 2011 by finkh in Uncategorized

Moon landing near Shackleton   Leave a comment

Flying over 80 degrees South and attempting a landing.  At the end, Shackleton Crater in the foreground, Malapert Mountain in the distance.

A different approach but no landing.

Posted June 15, 2011 by finkh in Uncategorized

Destination Moon: Harpalus   2 comments

Harpalus crater is in the “Upper-Left Quadrant of the Moon,” words immortalized in the film Destination Moon.  This is where the four crew members landed in their steam-driven atomic rocket.  Here Harpalus is in Mare Frigoris north of Sinus Iridum.

Coordinates 52.6°N 43.4°W
Diameter 39 km
Depth 2.9 km
Colongitude 44° at sunrise

Approaching Harpalus.

Zoomed in.

On final approach.  These were all imaged from ldem_64.jp2, a 64-pixel-per-degree bump map of the moon produced by the LOLA Science Team.

From NASA WAC mosaic.

From LAC 11

From Lunar Orbiter IV-158-H3  The triangle is an artifact of film developing, not an alien ship

(of course, it is gone a few days later…)


Lunar Orbiter IV at a higher sun angle.

A meshlab image of  Harpalus at 1024 pixels per degree.  Looking north.  The sawtooth appearance of the crater rim looks like an artifact of the stitching of the data strips.

On the floor of the crater 89 meters per pixel.  Looking north, positioned just south of the central crater.

512 pixel per degree (29 meters per pixel) data.  The sun is in the North (oops.)

Looking over one of the not-really-there peaks on the crater rim onto the floor of Harpalus.

On the floor of Harpalus looking toward the central mounds.

Harpalus Crater sawtooth mountains from 1950.

NASA WAC image.


Posted June 13, 2011 by finkh in Uncategorized